Colleen Swedyk said she’s been preparing for a seat on the Medina County Board of Commissioners her entire political career.
The Republican candidate will get to fulfill her dream.
On Tuesday, she soundly defeated Seville Mayor Carol Carter in the general election.
According to unofficial election results, Swedyk won 44,418 votes and Carter received 27,648 votes, or 62 percent to 38 percent as tallied by the Medina County Board of Election. The unofficial results will be certified in the next two weeks.
Swedyk, 54, will be sworn in during a ceremony in late December. Her first meeting as Adam Friedrick’s replacement as commissioner will be in the first week of January.
Friedrick decided not to run for re-election and his four-year term will expire Dec. 31. Swedyk will join Pat Geissman and Bill Hutson on the board of commissioners.
“I couldn’t be happier,” Swedyk said Tuesday. “I’m really excited. I feel blessed and honored that the people in Medina County have faith in me to be county commissioner. I can’t stress how honored I feel.
“I’m so excited for this new adventure and new challenge.”
Swedyk, who lives in Hinckley Township, has been Medina County recorder for the last 11 years. She will step down from that post at the end of the year.
The Republican Central Committee will have an appointment vote for a new recorder the first week of January, Swedyk said. That person will serve a two-year term and would have to run in 2020 for a four-year term.
She said she believes people paid attention to her track record as Hinckley Township fiscal officer and recorder.
“I took the responsibility of spending tax dollars very seriously,” Swedyk said.
She said she will continue to be frugal as county commissioner.
Carter, 67, will continue as the highest-ranking public official in the village of Seville. Her term as mayor will expire in 2019, and she vows to run for re-election.
“We knew it was an uphill journey when they asked me to do this,” she said. “I had the best of both worlds. I’m still the mayor of Seville. My Council supported me in this journey.”
She said she wouldn’t have done anything differently in her campaign for commissioner.
“I’m qualified to be mayor and commissioner,” she said.
She said she made many new friends on the campaign trail when she got out and met with the voters.
“I’m humbled by all the people,” Carter said. “I’m not going to go away. I’m not ready to shut up just yet.”
She said before the election she was used to making “tough decisions.” She is responsible for the fiscal health of the village and is involved in the economic development in Seville. She will remain the administrator of the Seville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Carter said she believes elected officials are public servants.
“It’s our job to serve,” she said.
“Who would have ever thought I would be mayor of Seville? I was asked to be the Democratic candidate for county commissioner. I’m humbled and will do the best I can to be a public servant. I definitely will (run for re-election). I like being mayor and I’m good at it. I’m a true public servant. That’s never going to change.”
Carter said members of the Democratic Party told her they like how she gets things done in Seville and urged her to run. She said she’s acted as an ambassador for her village, and that will continue.
Swedyk said she will be approachable, accessible and listen to all residents.
Swedyk and husband, Jack, have one son, Jay.